Once you have found a team of specialists eager to work for you remotely, you can sigh with relief — you don’t have to find more workplaces in your office or rent an extra one, order more cookies and coffee, and so on. No need to emphasize how much can be saved cooperating with developers that charge less opposed to those working in your country. Cost-effectiveness is one of the crucial benefits of outsourcing alongside with a possibility to fish in a large pool of talented experts. But what if you need to hire a few or even a few dozen from that pool, and manage their work effectively?
Here are some of our tips on how to get maximum productivity from the offshore team.
#1 Lay a solid foundation
If you decide to fish, make sure you catch the best fish. An imposing resume and majestic self-representing skills are very and very important but don’t be greedy to spend a little bit more money and time to ask at least some team members to do a short test task related to the scope of your project. Believe it, in the future, it will pay you back.
Check the English proficiency skills as it will directly influence your communication and dynamics of development.
As you won’t be able to supervise the team in person, you need someone to do it instead of you. This person is a project manager who will not only organize and monitor the development process but suggest powerful solutions and tactics based on their experience managing other projects. Frequently clients don’t have expertise in techy things, that’s why the existence of such a position significantly simplifies the workflow. A project manager is a kind of mediator between the client and the development team who speaks the languages of both.
#2 Foster communication
How to improve communication with offshore teams? Develop a communication strategy for an offshore team. As you can’t talk face to face with the members of your offshore team on a daily basis, your first task is to find reliable remote communication tools. This will compensate for your physical absence, help your team to handle a discussion effectively without wasting time on solving connection problems.
The second point is to arrange the regularity of the meetings, once a week — doesn’t always work. Set a constant time schedule for your team, preferably every day, to get used to it, and eliminate the risk of missing the stand-ups. Discuss what they have already done, what to do today, and share the complex vision of the end-product.
Don’t neglect personal communication. Show your interest in each member of the offshore development team, appreciate their contribution to the project, and never differentiate from the people working in your office. Remember, your attitude is directly projected on the way your team works.
#3 Avoid the risks
The first risk to take into consideration when you start working with someone is security issues. Your personal data, all the information considering the delivery product must be under high protection. Make sure the company you start cooperation with, follows GDPR regulations, forbids employees to connect to public networks, and restricts database access.
If your product involves several teams, ensure that all of them use the same tools for development and testing. This will prevent code integration issues and problems with bugs detection in the future.
Get everything in writing. Delays regulation, extra payments, project timelines, confidentiality issues, etc.
Applying best practices for managing offshore resources isn’t as easy as ABC. It requires time, effort, money, and a reliable outsourcing partner. inVerita offers profound expertise in building and managing productive and result-oriented offshore teams. We value our clients’ ideas, share up-to-date information about the development process, and provide regular financial reports. Every bit of your data is strongly protected, and every risk is assessed.
If you want to learn more about our approach to managing an offshore development team, don’t hesitate to contact us.